In other words, for Trump’s opportunistic followers, moral shortcomings were outweighed by practical exigencies. These adherents were not purists. They were not voting to canonize Trump. However reluctantly, they understood what was required of them in the fallen world of politics. The cause of defending America’s embattled Christians was the great override. Trump’s personal imperfections melted in the heat of the culture war.
—from Gitlin’s penetrating long-form essay on Trump and his base, forthcoming in the next issue of Salmagundi Magazine